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Abjuration is the school of magic that deals with protective spells (buffs) and counter magic.
The systems in these games are governed by rules from the pen-and-paper RPG Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. There have been many turn-based and action RPGs that have utilized parts of the AD&D rule set.
Gameplay system where choices in actions and dialogue affect the alignment of the protagonist on a spectrum toward opposite poles. Changes in alignment often modify the course of the narrative, player abilities, and gameplay options.
The act of turning one thing into another, be it lead into gold or earth into air.
The absence of belief in the existence of gods.
Attributes are a numerical representation of a character's abilities who have their roots in RPGs. Today, attributes have spilled over to a wide range of game genres.
The spiritual successor to the Infinity Engine. This 3D engine made its appearance in the Neverwinter Nights series, and provided a toolset along with multiplayer where players could be Dungeon Masters and make their own stories and play them out with friends.
Pure evil and corruption, they are children of hatred and blood. Everything the Paladin is, they are the opposite of.
Bats, hammers, wrenches, maces, staves, or even brass knuckles. These are weapons intended for blunt trauma rather than cutting or slicing.
Character Creation refers to characters created by players themselves, rather than developers.
Conjuration is the magic school of manifesting objects such as weapons out of thin air. In some settings, conjurers are also responsible for summoning creatures.
An attack that does more damage than usual, usually affected by random chance and some sort of modifier.
Some games let players customize their character (or characters). Degree of customization may vary, with some games simply allowing to choose between different types of clothes, while others provide more detailed tinkering of features such as the distance between a character's eyes or hair color.
D20 is a rule system used in several modern RPGs like Knights of the old republic and Neverwinter Nights.
Dialogue trees are a feature through which the player selects responses from a list of choices, eliciting reactions from NPCs and determining the path of the conversation and story.
Digital distribution method for PC games. Direct2Drive is maintained and owned by Gamefly Digital Inc.
Divination is a school of magic that allows the user to tell the future, see the unseen, sense the presence of undead, identify magical items, and more.
Dragons were originally messengers from heaven, according to early Buddhist texts. In games, they can be among the most fearsome of adversaries, but there are some exceptions.
Whether it's a section of a game, a mission prelude or just a scary premonition; dreams are a common occurrence within video games.
Druids were pre-Christian priests in Celtic culture and feature prominently in Irish mythology. In games they are generally nature-based healers and spellcasters.
The concept of using two weapons at once, often for more damage at the cost of accuracy, the use of a shield, grenades, or other similar accessories.
The 2007 E3 Media & Business Summit took place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on July 11-13.
Developed by Obisidan Entertainment, the Electron Engine is based on Bioware's Aurora Engine. The Electron engine is used in Neverwinter Nights 2 series of games.
Enchantment is the process of infusing mundane items with magical properties, or manipulating your enemies minds with magic.
Throwing a fireball or zapping your foes with chain lighting are both great examples of evocation magic.
An Expansion brings new missions, modes & new story elements to a full product title. Expansions typically require a full version game to function, but there are also stand-alone packs as well.
Experience Points are part of a character advancement system commonly found in RPGs. These points are generally gained by defeating an enemy or completing a task.
A popular class in many D&D based games, the Fighter can both dish it and take it!
Gnomes are a race of mythological creatures, which are usually much smaller versions of humans.
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